Real Talk

On the Search for

a Growth Path: Musings

of a Freelancer

by Inside Manila Contributor, June 10, 2019 5:25pm

Art by Allen Mirambel

Real Talk

On the Search for a Growth Path: Musings of a Freelancer

by Inside Manila Contributor, June 10, 2019 5:25pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
 

I’ve beenworking as a freelancer for a year now. I didn’t think I’d be able to feed myself, pay my bills, or live my life the way I am doing now. I thought I wouldn’t make it.

Two years ago, I resigned from a good paying 9-5 job that I enjoyed. I was happy but it was no longer healthy for me. Everyone around me thought I was so brave but they have no idea of how scared I was. For a person who hates uncertainties and unpreparedness, I didn’t even know where I would go next.

Looking back, I now understand that all I needed was rest in order to recharge my self. I resigned from a stressful job wanting to have a sense of control over my life. With the help of friends, I was able to secure one stable home-based work and several more followed after. I wasn’t a big-time freelancer but I have just enough to go to achieve financial stability. For a change, I felt that I was in control.

There will certainly come a time when you will crave for direction a specific career path. You will question your decisions and feel the need for a life mentor.

What makes freelancing ideal is the freedom to do things wherever and whenever you want (for as long as you have a strong internet connection). You’d take on jobs that you’d like to work on and turn down those you don’t feel like doing. You learn to be more organized and more confident to sell your skills and to challenge yourself.

Like everything else, the freelancing life has its downsides too. There’s having to manually process taxes on your own, chase gigs, negotiating with clients, and dealing with delayed payments. There’s also the absence of mingling with people like that of a corporate set-up. But these concerns are easy to address in one way or another. A major downside to consider, however, is the constant self-doubt.

"...with the ever-changing society, no one could really tell us what’s the best thing to do."

There will certainly come a time when you will crave for direction a specific career path. You will question your decisions and feel the need for a life mentor.

While searching for another inspiration videos from YouTube, I came across the “On The House” interview of Pete Felix, a man who has dedicated his whole career on real estate. Now he’s the current Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer of a well-established real estate developer, Phinma Properties, and also the President of the Subdivision and Housing Division Association, Inc. (SHDA).

In an interview with Lamudi, Pete expressed how mentors serve as our guideposts. But with the ever-changing society, no one could really tell us what’s the best thing to do. He considers the best practices as good things to do on a certain point of time, but one might lose their ability to innovate if they stick to these tried and tested practices.

Explore and do more. Once in your life, challenge yourself and try. There will always be a struggle between practicality or passion, security or happiness, pursuing what you want or letting fate lead the way. It is always choosing one over the other. But let’s not forget that in moments when we have to choose between option one or two, we can also choose both or none at all. Making life decisions is always scary, but through this, we grow.

Written by Riena Marie Solacito for Lamudi.ph. Minor edits have been made by Inside Manila Editors.


“On The House” is Lamudi’s series of casual interviews with the Philippine real estate leaders about their life stories.Catch them on YouTube or listen to their podcasts onApple Podcast andSpotify.

 

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